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Kalonzo: I begged Kibaki to appoint Uhuru Deputy PM

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has sensationally claimed that he was the one who convinced retired President Mwai Kibaki to appoint President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Deputy Prime Minister in the grand coalition government.

The Wiper leader made the revelation on Tuesday night during a one on one interview with Citizen TV’s Francis Gachuri who had asked him if he was bitter for being in the opposition, having been used to power.

“I am not bitter with anybody my friend. May be it’s the manner of expression because to drive home a point in the opposition you may have to wear a face. I am not bitter with the President; these are all my friends. These are all my friends. Uhuru Kenyatta knows he’s my friend. If I can tell you how I fought for Uhuru,” he said.

“Forget about the famous shuttle diplomacy. Convincing Kibaki to appoint him deputy prime minister was not an easy thing. I have been there for my friends.”


President Kenyatta was appointed second deputy PM in April 2008 after the disputed general election with Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi as the first DPM. Mr Raila Odinga was the Prime Minister.

The Cord co-principal also said he had no problem with Deputy President William Ruto and his co-principal Raila Odinga.

“I’m actually very much at peace with myself. What I have a problem with are the injustices that I see being perpetuated. I will not stop at anything,” he said.

Watch the interview here.